Diane Bestwick Author banquet, and other great celebrations

A Fun and Fabulous Evening with Author  Diane Bestwick

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Diane engaged us with her story of living in China and the motivation to write her book

“and a bird sang”

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at the beautifully appointed Golden City Restaurant

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Diane’s information table was fascinating.

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The 25th anniversary display was beautiful and informative.

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The dumpling raffle was a very fun success.

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First prize winner Doris was especially  delighted.

Thank you for your support. Over $400 came in from the dumpling raffle.

This money is earmarked for  1 Up Single Parent resource Center

and

C-Fax Miracle on Broad Street 

All profits from the sales of Diane’s book

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go to  post operative foster homes in China

The evening book sales resulted in a $365 deposit to  Diane’s chosen foster home.

Guest response

“The food and company were fantastic and I enjoyed Diane’s thoughtful presentation. It was a great evening!”

“When do the Chinese New Year’s tickets go on sale?”

  We were honoured with 3  more local authors 

attending as guests

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Pat Nichol Becoming Courageous and Outrageous  courageous-outrageous

Donna Marie Lynch 50ish  50-ish

Melanie Eng Gutsy Lady Travel  gutsy-lady-travel

 

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was represented by her mother and father. She had to miss the banquet last minute

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to attend to her  nomination for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction prize shortlist.

Lioness  certainly hope to entice some, or all  of them to be  future  author banquet presenters.

Special thanks

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Anne Scott President District 19-I Lioness

 Victoria Chinatown Lions

La Limousines

Poppies Floral Art

VCKY padding club members

Fairway Gorge Padding  Club members

Diane’s many friends, and student Summer

and to guests who brought toiletries for our Mother’s Day boxes project

More Celebrations in October

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Lioness celebrate  Chinatown Lion’s Club 60th anniversary

next up in November

Festival of Trees 25th Anniversary

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This is our last year’s tree. Visit the blog next month to see  and vote for our 2016 tree.

To start your 2017 right, celebrate with us

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster

BANQUET

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Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017

 for

Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.

Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

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“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore” : that’s us Lioness Ladies, as a collective !!! “

For background information

Santa’s AnonymousVolunteers and donation ideas

 Swallows Nest  success stories

See last month;s blog post for more information on

one child policy

Chinese children adoptees

Dumplings

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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Celebration : Women and Social Change

CELEBRATION

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Lioness members proudly celebrated their 25th year a club  focused on helping women and children need.

Lioness Annette hosted a BBQ at her lovely home. Lioness Brenda organized memorabilia and prepared an anniversary time line packed with the events and organization to which VCL has contributed . Partners and children and friends shared a wonderful afternoon and evening.

 

“It was so wonderful to see all the pictures, albums, CDs and acknowledging how much time and energy that has gone into our Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club.    I feel so blessed to be part of this incredible club…and I look forward to serving with all of you in continuing our passion to promote community service, racial harmony and “welcoming women, regardless of class, race, and profession, who are interested in our club and its activities…” with the focus on Chinese culture and heritage.”

President Annette

 

AUTHOR BANQUET VERY SOON

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This month we are hosting  local Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick who will read from  her fictional account of a young woman’s agonizing choice  for a second child under the one child policy. Diane will share her personal perspective based on her experiences in China  which have shaped her commitment to Swallows Nest , foster care for special needs children in Henan province. Set in the geopolitical  context  of women’s reproductive rights, and social policy, this topic invites conversation and action about women and children.

 

Stimulation for the mind

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Lioness  Vicki, owner of Golden City restaurant ,

will provide a sumptuous feast

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 Stimulation for the appetite: the evening’s menu

Deep fried shrimp ball

Crispy whole chicken

Chili pepper pork chop

Sole Fillet with sweet and sour sauce

Stir fry beef with ginger and mushrooms

Stir fry prawn with deep fired milk

Shredded pork pan fried noodles

Fried rice with sunflower seeds

dessert

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Extra fun will be had with  a special  dumpling raffle.

Bring your toonies!

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MORE TO EXPLORE 

For Dumpling and Chinese cooking  lessons and inspiration :

The Dumpling Sisters ( Utube )

My Grandmother’s Hands   by   Katherine Du PRI.org, Huffinton Post

 

For background information  on One Child Policy 

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy  Mar 21 2016
by Kay Ann Johnson

My Daughter is my Daughter  by Kay Ann Johnson

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment  – Jan 5 2016  by Mei Fong

Forced Reproductive choice    Mei Fong Video

China’s One Child Daughters   June 2 , 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

Born Chinese Raised American  Feb 11 2016 by Maya Ludtke

Globe and Mail   The Tragic Tale of China’s Orphanages

The New Republic   China’s Missing Daughters

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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Summer to September : 25th Anniversary of VCL giving to the community and world

Victoria Dragon Boat festival

supporting Breast Cancer research

and celebrating survivors

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness, Annette and  Pei Mei volunteers  at the Beer Garden, Galye and Amanda volunteers in the V.I.P. tent.

 

   Women 2 Warrior

supporting Easter Seals

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Lioness Pei Mei, Annette, Lily, Galye , Donna and Amanda  helping out with registration.

Victoria Chinatown Lioness 25 anniversary 

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VCL lioness family and friends celebrate 25 years of camaraderie and community service.

VCL Annual Author Banquet  

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Saturday October 22, 6 p.m.

tickets $40 : available through  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

at Gala Fabric 1483 Douglas St, Victoria,

or your favourite Lioness

Book your table for  10 friends NOW

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  Author DIANE BESTWICK

When Lei becomes pregnant with her second child, she faces the anguish of continuing her pregnancy or having a forced abortion as required by Chinese law.

Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick explores the personal tragedies of the Chinese one policy  in her poignant novel “And A Bird Sang” As a teacher in China for eight years, Diane first experienced the sad reality of the one child policy and  resulted in the  motivation to write her first book. Her book will be for sale at the banquet . It is also available at Amazon/Kindle , special order Munro Books.

 The money raised at this event goes directly back  to people in our community .

 Donation application form

 

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster

BANQUET

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Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017  for Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.   Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – August 2016

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Summer 2016 : Welcome New Officers, our new women warriors leadership team

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Lion’s Club District Governor  Brian Phillips  installed  the new 2016-2018 Victoria Chinatown Lioness President and  Executive Board on June 11 following  a delicious dinner at Golden City restaurant.

 

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Welcome to the new and continuing officers who assume  their duties in July and are busily planning an active and exciting year of  volunteer activities, author talks, celebrations, fund-raising banquets, fun and camaraderie.

welcome new memebers

VCL New Board 2016

Annette Q : president

Irene T : First Vice President

Vanessa L : Second Vice President

Amanda M : past president

Donna M : Secretary

 Lily Y and Gayle C : Treasures

 Grace S  and Pei Mei C : 2 year Board Members

Susanne : 1 year Board member

Vicky L : Lion Tamer

 Jennifer H and Veronica O : Tail Twisters

We welcome new opportunities to serve our community.

 

District Governor Brian’s  gift to all of us.brian's pin

Enjoying our gifts.

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coming in August :

Women2Warrior 2016

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We know there is a Warrior in the heart of every woman. She is STRONG, DETERMINED, and POWERFUL. Bring out your inner Warrior

Join or come and cheer the VCL team

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 9am to 1pm
Location: West Shore Parks and Recreation

Look forward to our October 

AUTHOR DINNER

featuring

and a bird sang

Diane Bestwick

Mark your calendar now for our 2016 author talk and banquet.

SATURDAY  OCTOBER 22

Golden City restaurant

LION’S CLUB INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER

Lions July  Zone I-2 Informer ( click here to read)

 ( click here to read)  August Zone I-2 Informer update